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Steve Hackett at the Playstation Theater, New York - live review

Live Review

Venue: Playstation Theater, New York

Steve Hackett rolls out both the classics and The Night Siren on his North America tour

It’s been 40 years since Steve Hackett left Genesis to pursue a solo career, but his past is just as alive as his present tonight. It’s a grey, rainy night in New York, and the 67-year-old guitarist is here, towards the end of a short US tour. It’s billed as Genesis Revisited With Hackett Classics, but he’s also here to promote his not-quite-released new record The Night Siren.

There’s no support act to warm up the audience beforehand – instead, Hackett appears onstage with little fanfare and launches into the appropriately wintry but nevertheless uplifting Every Day, from his 1979 album Spectral Mornings. His guitar playing is typically effortless, taking centre stage while the band – drummer Gary O’Toole, keyboard player Roger King, saxophonist/flautist Rob Townsend and bassist Nick Beggs – help him to create a swirl of visionary sound to rip-roaring applause. And that’s just the first song of a performance that lasts for two and a half hours, divided into two sets.

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